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Young Leaders’ Scheme

Young Leaders’ Scheme

Young Leaders – a key part of Scouting

The Young Leader Scheme is one of the exciting elements of the Explorer Scouts Programme. It encourages youth members aged between 14 and 17 to support a younger section while developing their own skills.

A Young Leader can be someone who is already an Explorer Scout who is interested in starting their journey towards becoming a Leader or it could be a young person from outside of Scouting who is working towards the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and decides to join Scouts.

The Regional Adviser (Young Leaders) is currently vacant. If you are interested in this position please contact the Scouting Support Officer, Kirstie Armsworth.

Being a Young Leader is fun and YLs learn a great deal from the experience – especially if all of the training is completed. It counts for the Volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Chief Scout’s and Queen’s Scout Awards. It can also be used for the Saltire Awards and is recognised by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

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Young Leaders on YouTube


Young Leaders are supported by a training scheme and validation system. Overall there are 11 Modules (Theory Training) and four Missions (Validation). Within three months of starting with a Section, Young Leaders need to complete “Module A” which covers all the fundamentals, such as POR, scouting methods and understanding the role.

As Young Leaders become more involved in running the section, including running programme activities, they will meet with their local Explorer Scout Leader who will validate their learning accomplishments. When all the Modules and Missions have been completed, Young Leaders will receive a Young Leader Belt to recognise their achievement.

Young Leaders Adviser

Position is vacant

Young Leader develop

  • Leadership skills
  • Experience
  • Confidence
  • Communication skills

Young Leader

“The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others.”

Scott, Scouts Scotland Commissioner (Explorers)